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    shyster

    shaI st@r

    noun
    a person, usu. a lawyer, who uses underhanded, unethical methods.
    That shyster accepted her fee for his services but did almost nothing for her.

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    naysayer

    neI seI @r

    noun
    a person who refuses, denies, or opposes, esp. because of cynicism or pessimism.
    They went ahead with their ambitious plan despite the arguments of the naysayers.

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Oct
31
2013

principle

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

prIn sih p@l

noun
definition 1:  a law, doctrine, or assumption on which action or behavior is based.
example:  Are these laws based on the principles of liberty and justice for all citizens?

definition 2:  a law or rule that is presupposed or scientifically proven.
example:  The engine’s designers well understood the principles of internal combustion.

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Collocations:  Words often used in combination with the noun principle

MODIFIER + principle:    fundamental ~ , guiding ~ , basic ~ , general ~ , key ~ , core ~ ,  design ~ , founding ~ , moral ~ , ethical ~ , universal ~ , scientific ~ , democratic ~ ,  overriding ~, Christian ~ , religious ~ , constitutional ~

principle + VERB:    apply ~ , underlie ~ , underpin ~ , govern ~ , guide ~